Mathew Ingram writes an article titled “In sync with Zoho” at globeandmail.com. From his article :
Zoho … has been making some advances in one of the most crucial areas for Web-based software, and that is the ability to synchronize online documents and offline documents. This week, the company launched several plugins for Microsoft Office products that effectively allow users to save their desktop files in folders on Zoho’s servers, where they can be retrieved and worked on from any PC with an Internet connection.
In other words, if you are working at the office on Microsoft Word or Excel (but not PowerPoint as yet), you can save that document on your desktop PC — but at the same time you can also save it in a Zoho folder so that you can work on it at home or at another location. Zoho even offers desktop folder icons for its Web services so that you can simply drag a file over to a folder icon and have it automatically saved at Zoho.
Zoho has also released an API, or application programming interface, for its products, which means that other companies — online storage providers such as Box.net, Carbonite or Mozy, for example — can easily build support for Zoho’s services into their own products. In that way, Carbonite could offer a service package that included integration with Zoho so that all of an individual or small business’s documents would be stored on Carbonite’s servers whenever they were saved.
One of the biggest benefits of online software like Zoho Writer and Google’s Writely is that you can collaborate with others on a document a lot more easily. So if you need to plan a soccer or hockey schedule, or put together a menu for an event or even work on a project with a partner, online services make it easy to do so without having to email Word documents or Excel spreadsheets to all the participants and then wait for their changes.
And with the synchronization features that Zoho has just launched, you can use both your desktop software and online services seamlessly without having to choose between the two.
WHILE MICROSOFT yesterday had its big coming-out party for Office 2007, a somewhat smaller company is pointing ahead in a direction some watchers say Big Green should be looking.
Zoho, one of a crop of companies making web-based productivity apps, has just released a plug-in for Office 2000, 2003 and 2007 that webilises Word and Excel, letting users save files to their Zoho accounts so they can still work on the web when away from their PCs.
Glad to note that Zoho forms a part of it. Find out the Zoho logo out there!